July 24, 2006
Median weekly earnings of the nation's 105.9 million full-time wage and salary workers were $659 in the second quarter of 2006.
Median earnings for black men working at full-time jobs were $573 per week, 76.1 percent of the median for white men ($753). The difference was less among women, as black women's median earnings ($511) were 84.9 percent of those for their white counterparts ($602).
Overall, median earnings of Hispanics or Latinos who worked full time ($485) were lower than those of blacks ($534), whites ($678), and Asians ($765).
Women who usually worked full time had median earnings of $593 per week, or 81.1 percent of the $731 median for men. The female-to-male earnings ratios were higher among blacks (89.2 percent) and Hispanics or Latinos (86.1 percent) than among Asians (81.6 percent) or whites (79.9 percent).
These data are from the BLS Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Second Quarter 2006" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 06-1236. The median is the amount which divides a given earnings distribution into two equal groups, one having earnings above the median and the other having earnings below the median. Wage and salary workers are workers who receive wages, salaries, commissions, tips, payment in kind, or piece rates; this group includes employees in both the private and public sectors but excludes all self-employed persons.